New Graduate Nursing Internship Program

picture of nurse with doctorsCreated in 1999, more than 150 new graduate nurses have successfully completed the program, with reported positive benefits as published in the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership (Murphy, Read & Petryshen, 2004).

This innovative program provides new graduates upon hire with opportunities to:

  • Be mentored by an experienced nurse with clinical expertise in the chosen area through a partnership.
  • Acquire new clinical and technical skills.
  • Learn how to prioritize patient care needs and manage a workload.
  • Spend time in related clinical areas.
  • Learn about advanced practice roles.

The goal is to promote the transfer of knowledge to new graduates within an accountability framework focussing on the new graduate nurse’s professional growth and autonomy, which will lead to active participation as a member of the clinical team.

The program encompasses a number of standardized tools and templates to support goal setting, structured learning and evaluation (program and preceptor/preceptee). This model allows the new graduate to be set up for success as they transition into a full-time permanent position and are better prepared to safely manage a patient assignment.

Two types of internships are available:

  • six-month internship in the emergency or intensive care unit
  • three-month internship in any of the other program/service areas

Although interns are placed in a particular department, the ultimate goal is to give graduates a learning experience tailored to meet their interests. As a result, we try to accommodate requests to spend a portion of the internship in other departments.

Internship program participants will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. Candidate must be a new graduate hired into a permanent full-time position.
  2. Candidate must have no employment experience as a nurse.
  3. Candidate must be a graduate of a Canadian nursing school.
  4. Candidate must have CNO registration (either temporary or permanent). (Note: If the license is temporary, practice restrictions will apply).
  5. Consolidation in a comparable clinical setting is considered an asset.